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Apply to be a mentor to Thrive artists in 2022!

Metro Arts seeks past Thrive awardees and other local professional artists with proven experience developing and coordinating community art projects who are interested in serving as mentors to FY22 Thrive Cycle 2 artists. Read more about this funding cycle of Thrive here. Mentoring will require a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours between January 2022 and June 2022, with one additional summer 2022 meeting, and can be conducted virtually or in-person with social distancing precautions. Stipends of $500 are available to mentors.

Artists who receive Thrive funds in Cycle 1 are eligible to serve as mentors in Cycle 2.  Artists  producing their own projects for Cycle 2 cannot also serve as mentors for Cycle 2.

Role of Mentors:

  • Share what you’ve learned from your experience designing and implementing community art projects.
  • Help Thrive artists navigate the project design and community outreach process, and share best practices for project implementation.
  • Offer suggestions for how Thrive artists might measure and celebrate the success of their particular project.
  • Envision future partnerships or opportunities in the community after this project ends.

Expectations/Time Commitment:

  • Attend a brief orientation (online) with Metro Arts and maintain communication with Metro Arts about the mentorship and any need for support.
  • Hold 9-10 biweekly (every other week) meetings with your mentee between January and June (dates to be determined with your mentee) via Zoom or in-person (with social distancing precautions) to check in about the status of the project.
  • This cycle includes a gallery show at the Parthenon in Centennial Park (see pg. 14 of guidelines). Meet with your mentee and the Parthenon gallery curator once over the summer to plan and prepare artwork for gallery show.
  • Attend gallery show in Fall 2022.


Mentors will receive a stipend of $500.

Complete this form to apply! Please contact Marysa LaRowe at marysa.larowe@nashville.gov with any questions.

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